Phil Napoleon was the most constant factor in the personnel of Ladd's Black Aces, an early white studio group. It was put together for the Gennett label by Sam Lanin, and from the outset it played outright jazz. as the deliberately misleading name implied. This compilation supplements all of the sides issued under the group's name (or as the Black Dominoes)with eleven unissued test pressings. There are several vocalists, namely Vernon Dalhart, Mandy Lee, Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike), and tenor Billy de Rex, whose voice is the least suited to the genre.
Apart from Phil Napoleon's strong lead, pianist Jimmy ("Schnozzle") Durante can be heard on the earlier sides, and trombonist Miff Mole, clarinettist Jimmy Lytell, and pianist Frank Signorelli are present on the later sides. The quality of remastering of these acoustic recordings by the late John R.T. Davies is excellent, as is the extensive illustrated liner note by Mark Berresford.
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